Thursday, January 08, 2015

Court Denies Motions To Dismiss Suits In Shop's Refusal To Sell Flowers For Same-Sex Wedding

AP reports that a Washington state trial court judge yesterday denied two motions to dismiss in State of Washington v. Arlene's Flowers in which the state and individual plaintiffs are suing over a flower shop's refusal to sell floral arrangements for a same-sex wedding. (See prior posting.)  One motion (full text) contended that the state attorney general lacked authority to bring a Consumer Protection Act case without the discrimination charges first going through the state Human Rights Commission administratively.  The second motion (full text) that was denied contended that the owner-officer of the incorporated flower shop could not be held liable personally. Additional motions to dismiss for failure to state a claim are still pending. ADF has links to other pleadings in the case.